Harry Potter&the Philosophers Stone (Ff)

Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Daniel Radcliffe

September 27, 2005 | DVD

Harry Potter&the Philosophers Stone (Ff) is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
Fans of J. K. Rowling's best-selling novel will find much to enjoy in the film adaptation directed by Chris Columbus -- the casting, for starters, is spot-on. Daniel Radcliffe is delightful as Harry -- downtrodden by his nasty relatives the Dursleys but convinced deep-down that he was meant for better things. A Who's Who of British stage and screen performers stood in for the staff at Hogwarts -- Dame Maggie Smith is particularly prim and perfect as Minerva McGonagall, Alan Rickman is a dead ringer for the oily Severus Snape and Robbie Coltrane was J. K. Rowling's only choice to play the gruff but gentle giant Hagrid. Young actor Rupert Grint is terrific as Harry's best friend Ron Weasley and Emma Watson makes Hermione Granger -- a character who could easily have been annoying if miscast -- smug, smart and eminently likable.

The movie sticks close enough to the events of the book to please the purists and the special effects team makes excellent use of the novel's most fantastic elements -- the Great Hall at Hogwarts is a wonder, with its floating candles and enchanted ceiling, and the Quidditch match, though a bit whiplash-inducing, is tremendously exciting. The film's younger audience will likely get more thrills than scares, though it would have been nice to see a bit more of the dark side of the story. Overall, a satisfying adaptation of the much-loved book, but one can see where future films will run into trouble ... Philosopher's Stone clocked in at 152 minutes to tell most of the details of a fairly slim novel. As Rowling's books get longer, it will be interesting to see how they translate to the screen.

Video Release: September 27, 2005

Theatrical Release: 2002

UPC: 085392254422

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love you Harry Potter =p About 2 weks ago, my sister & I thought we would watch all the Harry potter movies. After the first one I was hocked, I never understood, why everyone was so into it, untill now. I found my self, excited and just waiting to be done work so that I could go home and watch them =p We are now on the 4th one and cant wait to see the 5th one this week =p We love you harry potter lol =p
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Although the books were better, the movie is amazing considering what material they had to bring to life. Of course there were some details eliminated, but they had to make the movie an easy-watching length. I thought it was amazing and the characters were wonderful - exactly what you would imagine them to look like. I've seen the movie many many times and I guarentee I will watch it many many more. I would recommend it to any person of any age.
Date published: 2006-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Disgrace This movie is a disgrace to the books. The first time I saw I literally walked out of the theatre. I finally sat down to watch the whole thing with my cousins when it came out on video. So many things in the movie were changed. It was just so bad! Also, because the movies were so bad, people who saw the movie before reading the book think that the books are that bad. My sister is an example. She refuses to read the books because this movie is so bad. It ruined the books for many people. My point... before watching this movie, please, read the books!
Date published: 2005-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PURE MAGIC! This was an excellent movie! I loved it! you've got to see this movie! Daniel, Emma, and Rupert were fabulous, they were the perfect people for the roles
Date published: 2002-07-03

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Harry Potter&the Philosophers Stone (Ff)

Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Daniel Radcliffe

Video Release: September 27, 2005

Theatrical Release: 2002

UPC: 085392254422


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